Em­pires that delve into the world of fine jew­elry

From cre­at­ing time­pieces to fash­ion­ing tine jew­elry

Red Magazine - - Editor's Note | Contents - WORDS RIA PRIETO ART NIMU MUALLAM

Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, there’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween the wrist­watch and the bracelet. While the lat­ter adorns an out­fit, the for­mer com­pletes it: a prac­ti­cal item that boasts long his­to­ries of crafts­man­ship, tra­di­tion, and change.

But the two can breed as well. This part­ner­ship in style and func­tion gave birth to brands that have an ex­ten­sive range of con­tem­po­rary pieces cater­ing to metic­u­lous tastes. Here are a few names that have leapt from mak­ing their sig­na­ture watches to forg­ing fine jew­elry.

1. Chopard

Founded by Louis-Ulysse Chopard in 1860, Geneva-based Chopard uses fine ma­te­ri­als such as real stones and 18K gold for ev­ery piece. Its prod­uct cat­a­logue con­sists of the most sought-af­ter lux­ury pieces, such as the Happy Di­a­monds col­lec­tion and Im­mor­tal Pea­cock ear­rings.

2. Pi­aget

Ge­orge Pi­aget pop­u­lar­ized ul­tra-thin watch move­ments from La Cote-aux-Fees, Switzer­land in 1984 and went on to grow his busi­ness into a cel­e­brated fine jew­elry line. Pi­aget’s style epit­o­mizes old world glamor with its pro­pri­etary Rose de­signs and the Lime­light Em­broi­dery Mo­tif ring, a clas­sic piece of 18K white gold, set with one bril­liant-cut blue topaz, four pear-cut pur­ple sap­phires, and 273 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds.

3. Tif­fany’s

Since its launch in 1984, Tif­fany’s has grad­u­ally be­come a sta­ple on ev­ery­one’s wish­list. Its el­e­gant and fem­i­nine de­signs are gar­nished with only the rarest, most pre­cious gems and di­a­monds. Some of its best pieces fea­ture ex­cep­tional stones, like a vivid 45.44-carat, cush­ion-cut cen­ter green tour­ma­line, vi­brant sap­phires, tsa­vorites, and di­a­monds.

4. Van Cleef & Ar­pels

France-based Van Cleef & Ar­pels is the brain­child of master jewel­ers Estelle Ar­pels and Al­fred Van Cleef, and is most no­table for its flo­ral and aviary themes. Their gem-set­ting style, known as Mys­tery Set­ting, is also a fa­vorite among its high-pro­file clien­tele. The clas­sic Van Cleef de­tails, like the un­du­lat­ing lines, and ab­stract mo­tifs, are best em­bod­ied in the Lune d’eau Be­tween the Fin­ger ring.

5. Cartier

Cartier is ar­guably the world’s most fa­mous jew­elry house due to its af­fil­i­a­tion with the royal fam­ily. It caters to the wealth­i­est and most pres­ti­gious clien­tele. The Parisian brand was founded by Louis-Fran­cois Cartier in 1847 and has since pro­duced some of his­tory’s most iconic pieces, such as a 6.5-inch di­a­mond bracelet, which sold for over $7 mil­lion.

6. Harry Win­ston

Harry Win­ston is an Amer­i­can brand founded in 1932. Ev­ery piece show­cases a unique and elab­o­rate de­sign that speaks of dura­bil­ity and el­e­gance. The brand has also used his­tor­i­cal gem­stones such as the Jonker, the Le­sotho, the Tay­lor-Burton, and the leg­endary Hope Di­a­mond. Their Ruby and Di­a­mond Neck­lace has 31 ru­bies and 186 pear-shaped bril­liant di­a­monds, set in plat­inum and 18K yel­low gold.

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